Monday, April 4, 2011

Monday History

Elizabeth Catlett
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Linoleum Cut Print created in 1958, published 1970

Elizabeth Catlett (1915 - Present)

Catlett is best known for her work during the 1960s and 70s, when she created politically charged, black expressionistic sculptures and prints. Catlett, a sculptor and graphic artist, was born in Washington, D.C. in 1919. She attended Howard University where she studied design, printmaking and drawing. In 1940 Catlett became the first student to receive a Master's degree in sculpture at the University of Iowa. In 1946 Catlett received a fellowship that allowed her to travel to Mexico City where she studied painting, sculpture and lithography. There, she worked with the People's Graphic Arts Workshop, a group of printmakers dedicated to using their art to promote social change. After settling in Mexico and later becoming a Mexican citizen, she taught sculpture at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City until retiring in 1975. click here for full link

Based on the image above I would like you to further investigate the artist Hughie Lee-Smith and create a compare/contrast page for both Lee-Smith and Catlett. What was the main point-of-view for each artist? How does their work convey the intended messages? What are the similarities and differences between these two?
Happy Monday!
-Denner

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